limiting carbs on a vegetarian diet?

  • Artesin

    Posts: 482

    Aug 29, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    I have a gig coming up shortly that Im trying to get in optimal shape for by focusing primarily on fat and protein to cut some body fat. Problem is I'm not sure at what times carbs should be eaten and what types are safe. Ive been trying to build lately and thus consuming a lot of simple sugars pre and post workouts that have contributed a little bit to belly fat but as far as sugar intake goes the dextrose was practically all.

    Complex carbs are the only things in my diet but I'm still not sure as to what extent they should be limited or if the majority are ok, for instance quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans and whole wheat breads/flours, buckwheat ect.

    Usually I consume a lot of carbs so I'm practically at a loss on how I can limit the intake unless I stuck with strictly vegetables and oils (granted I do eat some fish). What are some meal ideas and starches that dont classify as a carb group that will contribute to fat stores?

    However if I completely exhaust my glycogen stores does it really even matter ?
  • odietamo

    Posts: 58

    Sep 05, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    lentils, beans, tempeh (which is just sesame seeds shoved into a few processor), definitely upping your greens intake icon_smile.gif! Incorporating seeds, hemp hearts, etc. I find that when I'm eating breads and going heavy on brown rice and other heavy carbs, I really bloat. When I switched to more of the lentils and such, I noticed a difference icon_smile.gif
  • LJay

    Posts: 11612

    Sep 05, 2012 7:05 AM GMT
    Sorry to say this, but it sounds as though you are involved in voodoo nutrition.

    Starches and sugars are carbs. there are no starches that are not carbs. Excess carbs are stored as fat. Fiber, which is a part of carbs, helps to clear carbs from your system.

    Water has no nutritional value, but is extrememly valuable in helping you to deal with the other things you eat.

    Someone please correct me if necessary, but it is my understanding that completely depleting your glycogen stores amounts to starvation and will force your body to begin digesting itself for fuel.

    To boil this down: Get yourself to a nutritionist for solid advice and be very careful you do not harm yourself.